HOW’S IT HANGING - How to hang your artwork

June 13, 2015 4 Comments

I thought I best write a little article to really help you get the perfect gallery look for hanging your images and framed masterpieces. So here is a quick guide to ensure you hang them at the right height and also use the correct mounting brackets.

So, how high do we hang the pictures?

When I first started I must admit I just put it up on the wall without any thought on the position of the images and the “best viewing” position.  Now don’t get me wrong but the following is a general rule, you might want to hang them higher or lower depending on the room and the style you’re after, this should give you a gallery style viewing level.

For best viewing height you will need to work out the following. In general you will want to hang the centre of the art at 150cm to 157.5 cm from the bottom of the floor.

So how do we work out the centre of the photographs you’re hanging? There is a simple formula used which also takes into account the “give” of the wire hanger or mounting system you’re using.

The formula.

H=(X/2+152.5cm)-Y which is Centre viewing point = (Height of art/2) + 152.5cm) – wire to top distance. In this example provided the formula is (100/2+152.5cm)-20=182.5cm

  1. Measure height of artwork. Say the height of your art is 100cm
  2. Now divide by 2 = 50CM
  3. Plus 152.5cm = 202.5cm
  4. Place your tape measure on the wire and pull up towards the top of the frame. This distance = Y “wire to top” for example let’s say it is 20cm from the wire to the top of the frame. Make sure there is tension on the wire to do this.
  5. 202.5cm-20cm= 182.5cm
  6. Place your mark on the wall at 182.5cm and put in your hanger.

Pretty simple really. If you have a group of photos, use the same formula but treat them as a one photograph. I find it best to lay your artwork on the floor as a group, work out the  distance between each photo you would like and now measure the total height of the group itself, this will equal X.

If you’re mounting your canvas, acrylic or framed fine art on the wall of a staircase, use the same formula above but the height to the centre of the image would be from your chosen stair and your artwork should sit in the centre, keeping it symmetrical.

Lastly, if you’re mounting your artwork over an object, like a cabinet that is taller than 76cm, make sure you leave a gap somewhere around 7-25cm, this will make sure the art isn’t competing with the object and giving it enough space. Use the rule above, however you may have to push it higher or lower to make sure you get the right gap and make sure it still "talks" with the object below.

So what should you use to hang and mount your stunning masterpiece?

This will depend on several different variables. You will need to work out the following:

  1. Size and weight of the artwork
  2. The type of wall you’re mounting it to (brick, gyprock plaster board)
  3. If you have an available wall stud or not
  4. What type of mounting brackets to use, such as adhesive hooks, brass plated picture hooks and expanding picture hooks such as these
  5. Lastly and probably most importantly, always check the load rating for the picture hooks and mounting brackets you use. Make sure they’re sufficient enough to hang your art. It’s common sense I know, but I can’t stress this point enough.

It is best to mount your artwork into a wall stud for extra support especially for the heavier pieces of art. If you can’t find a stud I recommend using the expanding picture hooks.

For small to medium size framed prints and canvas art you can use the 3m art hanging adhesive hooks. Please make sure you get the hooks that are designed to hang art with and not the standard hooks and also get the ones with a heavier load baring capacity. For extra support use two of the hooks instead of one.

Other items you will need to install your gallery art.

  • Hammer
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Level
  • Tape measure


4 Responses


October 20, 2015

We need someone with qualifications prednisone for dogs same as for humans In at least one location, several minivans and a truck were parked in rows in an apparent effort to block a road.


October 09, 2015

A few weeks back I downloaded searvel free e-books, The Book of Deacon among them. Upon finishing about 100 pages I immediately looked up your name and bought all I could. Simply amazing stuff, I couldn’t put it down. Also, as an elemental magic fanboy, I loved your descriptions as Myranda learned.Thanks for producing such great books!


October 09, 2015

i LOVED all three books. the second and last made me cry and i never cry over books. wordlnfuely written and you sucked me in from the very beginning. found book of deacon through and their free books i couldn’t wait to buy the second and third. my mind gobbled them up and i’ve been telling everyone to read them. love the characters and i would go to bed at night with them in my head. thank you for such a wonderful trilogy <3


September 20, 2015

Hello Joseph.I got your first book for my new Nook Color Tablet for free (the artwork and title cahgut my eye) and couldn’t put it down. As soon as I finished I got the rest of the Book of Deacon series and Jade. I couldn’t put those down either. What a good imagination! Great story, I loved the unexpected twists. You also prove that a gripping tale can be told without profanity,lewdness and horrific vulgarities of explicit physical torture, I am so tired that many authors seem to obsess on that. A divergent waste of space lacking sincere creativity on their part. You, in contrast, opted to stay highly imaginative, compelling, and never lost me.It’s wonderful to see your skills grow as you continue writting, I’m glad to have discovered you.

Leave a comment

Also in News & Adventures

QUT Business Leaders Hall Of Fame 2017
QUT Business Leaders Hall Of Fame 2017

August 06, 2017

Jon Wright Photography was recently contacted by QUT to licence one of 3 images they were wanting to use for the big screen during their QUT Business Leaders Hall of Fame awards night.

Read More

When you know you slept in 5 minutes too long!
When you know you slept in 5 minutes too long!

May 06, 2017

Fast forward 6 hours and my alarm goes off, I stumble and drop my phone on the wall and manage to fall out of bed trying to turn it off. I hit the snooze button whilst I notice my partner being woken. I head back to sleep thinking I won't head down the beach.

Read More

A New Year a new Day – Sunrise 2017
A New Year a new Day – Sunrise 2017

January 02, 2017

Read More